What’s the Difference Between a National Park and a National Monument?

Calf Creek Canyon in Grandstaircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

As someone whose living is based on Grand Teton National Park, I’m frequently asked what the difference between a national park and a national monument is. It’s a very good question. Both are operated by the National Park Service, vary in size, have beautiful sites, and frequently wildlife worth seeing, or at the least, protecting.… Keep reading...

Help Save Our National Monuments

Tourist Visiting Grosvenor Arch

Our National Monuments have recently been described as nothing more than "federal land grabs." This term is as misguided as the people that use it.

Native American tribes banded together to build support in favor of preserving and protecting the area around Bears Ears, which ultimately became Bears Ears National Monument.… Keep reading...

Grovesnor Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grovesnor Arch

One drive I was wanting to try out along the trip that I was ultimately a bit disappointed in for various reasons was Cottonwood Canyon Road in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Perhaps it was just the wrong time of day and perhaps I was just being too picky for a campsite, but I drove through it particularly a little frustrated with the amount of power lines running through the most scenic parts.… Keep reading...